Glee Recap: “Makeover” and Relationship Transformation

6 years ago by Nadya Vlassoff

Glee returned to the Fox airwaves on Thursday night with the “Makeover” episode in which Sarah Jessica Parker took on the guest role of Isabelle Kempt.

In NYC, Rachel continued her journey to find her place at NYADA. Sadly, Cassandra (Kate Hudson) was notably absent from this episode. Rachel, on the other hand, still had plenty of trouble from her fellow classmates. That Lena Dunham remark, priceless! What was a girl to do? Get a makeover, of course, with the help of Kurt, and a surprise appearance from boss Isabelle Kempt (Sarah Jessica Parker).

Cue the musical mash-up of “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra and “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile”. Before too long, it was off to Gray’s Papaya despite how Rachel’s a vegan. Still, Sarah Jessica Parker for the win!

Kurt finally realized that although he loves Broadway and musical theatre, his new future could be in fashion. Under the mentorship of Isabelle, Kurt becomes the helpful nudge that the Vogue editor needed to re-energize her career. Sweet but a little contrived.

Rachel’s new look got even more attention from Brody as they gallivanted across NYC on a non-date singing Sheryl Crow’s “A Change Would Do You Good”. Of course, Rachel couldn’t hold out and invited Brody over for a home cooked meal. Interestingly, Brody and Rachel’s first kiss mirrored Rachel and Finn’s initial smooch in the first season. Guess who arrived to surprise Rachel? Finn, who got an unlikely surprise of his own when he saw Brody. Ouch!

The highlight of “Makeover” was Brittany and Sam who rocked out to Hole’s “Celebrity Skin”. Although the two new besties squared off, Brittany and Sam were only supportive of one another. As it turned out, Brittany and Artie lost but Blaine got what he wanted, another activity to keep him occupied to feel less lonely with Kurt so busy in NYC. And after watching Blaine sing the Tears for Fears song “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”, viewers had to feel for him, especially with all the success that Kurt was enjoying at his new internship.

Could this be the end of Klaine? And what was with the slightly-too-friendly vibes between Sam and Brittany? Don’t tell us Brittana is in trouble, too!

Overall, “Makeover” was good but not great. Although SJP was entertaining as Isabelle Kempt, Ryan Murphy could have done so much more with her character. “Makeover” also set up a slew of potential breakups for next week. Finchel, Klaine, and Brittana are all in danger of being over. Finn and Santana are both back next week. Will their relationships get one last chance to work out?

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Nadya Vlassoff

Nadya Vlassoff joined The Deadbolt in 2009 and currently serves as associate content director and contributing editor. A former writer for the boutique apparel and accessories blog MelroseStreet.com, Nadya has interviewed and worked with a variety of top names in pop culture, fashion, entertainment and sports.